Archive for June, 2014

Wo Ho to the New Diet!

Okay, so I don’t really have a problem with excess weight but, if you’re like me, you’ll know that there is a weight at which you feel your best.

And mine is seven thirteen and nine tenths. That’s just under eight stone but I haven’t seen that number seven now for about fourteen years.

When we moved to Spain in February 2006, I weighed eight stones two pounds and remained that weight until about 2010, when it became eight stone seven. Then, in 2013, my body just gave up its own self-control and I found myself weighing eight stone twelve and too close for comfort to that dreaded number nine.

I have been getting weighed every day now for many years and, since last year, I’ve been worried that I might accept just below nine. Well, I’d definitely got to the point of accepting seven and a half.

Three weeks ago, a friend told me about the ‘five two’ diet and it goes like this:-

Choose your seven day period (Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday) and, every week, choose two days for your ‘hungry’ days. These two days don’t have to be the same every week, so you can pick and choose to suit the week in question.

On a hungry day, you eat your breakfast and then nothing else until you go to bed, when you have something like a salad. I decided to have my breakfast of porridge, raisins, yoghurt and honey, all mixed together, and maybe including a few walnuts, as usual, then nothing else all day. You’re supposed to limit these days to six hundred calories but I decided not to bother counting and just sticking to breakfast only.

On the other five days, you eat normally, without counting calories but still, you mustn’t go overboard.

For me, round about five o’clock, I feel a little hungry and when it is time for bed, I still feel hungry no more so than at five. When I get up in the morning, I feel less hungry than I did when I went to bed. It seems that, if you do this hungry day, your body goes into its fat reserves and you lose weight.

Your weight after your hungry day may show that you have lost ‘such and such’ number of pounds and then, when you eat normally on the other days, you might find that, the following day, you appear to have put on one of your lost pounds but it does eventually cancel out again.

I’ve only been doing this diet for three weeks and, as I only need to lose a few pounds, I’m not likely to lose pounds and pounds per week. When I went to bed last night at the finish of my hungry day, I was dead excited about what my weight would be the next day. I had got down to eight nine, gone up to eight ten (yesterday morning) so, I was expecting to get up and weigh eight eight.

Eight seven!!!!!!!

In a few weeks time, I should be teetering around eight stone four pounds.

Watch this space ….. .